If a dog attacks your ankle while you're running...
November 15, 2012 2:02 PM Subscribe
Last night running home, a small dog attacked my ankle. Luckily I was wearing long pants so the dog got my pants instead of my ankle. I'm not sure what my response should have been, and am curious if there's etiquette around this in case it happens again.
posted by bibbit to Human Relations (12 answers total)
I run on sidewalks in Chicago, so I'm often dodging people and dogs. I try to give dogs a wide berth since I know their reaction to someone running by can be sudden and negative. In this case, the dog owner and dog were in front of me, and the dog was on a leash, and was a small (ankle biter - hah!) dog. The dog was mostly in the patch of grass between the sidewalk and the street. The dog owner was taking up a little too much of the sidewalk so it seemed easier for me to go between the dog and the street, which I did. As I passed the dog, it growled and leapt at my ankle, managing to grab the zipper of my running pants. I shouted, the owner yanked the dog away, and the action ripped about two inches of zipper off my pants. The dog owner was immediately apologetic, I checked to make sure I wasn't bleeding (just the zipper separation), mumbled that it was fine and continued my run.
My question is: should I have held the dog owner accountable? Should I have said something different? My theory is that I was partly (or fully?) to blame because a dog walker shouldn't be expecting someone to be running in between the dog and the street (I was going north, so I passed him on the right - he was going the same direction so would not have seen me coming). Should I never run between a dog and the street?